Krishna in the Garden of Assam exhibition at the British Museum London

London's British Museum with host the Krishna in the Garden of Assam exhibition, from 21st January to 15th August 2016. Here you can discover a little-known chapter of Indian history through the largest surviving example of an Assamese devotional textile, the Vrindavani Vastra. The Vrindavani Vastra (literally 'the cloth of Vrindavan') was produced in Assam in north-eastern India sometime in the late 17th century. It is made of woven silk and figured with scenes from the life of the Hindu god Krishna during the time he lived in the forest of Vrindavan. It was made to be used in the Krishna cult which developed following the ministry of the Assamese saint Shankaradeva (d.1568). At over 9 metres long, this Assamese textile is the largest of its type to survive. It is made up of 12 strips, all now sewn together. The Krishna scenes on the textile are from the 10th century text the Bhagavata Purana, and are elaborated in the dramas of Shankaradeva. A verse from one of these is also woven into the textile, using immensely sophisticated weaving technology, now extinct in India.
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